For the second week running Arsene Wenger lamented his side’s sluggish start as Arsenal conceded two costly first half goals against Chelsea. While the Gunners certainly didn’t get the rub of the green from the officials, the boss accepted that the timidity which plagued his side against Manchester City again proved costly.
Juan Mata and Frank Lampard did the damage as the Blues dominated the first half and despite being on the back foot for much of the second half after Theo Walcott’s trike, Rafa Benitez’s side managed to hold on to the three points.
Speaking to press after the 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, the boss said:
“Tactically we changed some things. Psychologically I felt we were more on the front foot.
“We had a similar start to Man City last week – didn’t really go for it, didn’t really defend well and gave too much room to Chelsea.
“On top of that, I feel we were a bit unlucky because it was a free kick on the first goal and it was not a penalty on the second goal. We were a bit unlucky. We didn’t play well in the first half.
“In the second half we came out with a different spirit, a different attitude and were much more dangerous and dominated the whole second half.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t come back. We didn’t make enough of our corners and free kicks and didn’t make enough of the chances we created. That’s why we lost the game. It’s very damaging for our position in the league and very difficult to swallow.”
Pretty much repeating himself, he continued, “We had a physical problem to get going today. In the second half it was much better. When you play every three days, it’s difficult to know.
“There’s a psychological ingredient in there for sure. I felt that in the last two games that we didn’t really go for it from the start.
“There’s a great spirit in the team. There’s great quality in the team. The team has to believe more in the quality we have. You could see with 10 men against Man City and today again that we can be dominant in the games. We have to [do that] from the start.”11,520 views